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Ike: Nation Must Back JFK in Crisis

Oct. 23, 1962 - Dwight D. Eisenhower called on all Americans today to assist President Kennedy in the present crisis. He said: “As in all crises, America as a unit follows her constitutional leader. We must pledge him our help in whatever way we can be of help.” But he also urged Republicans to press their campaign to win in the Nov. 6 elections. “Though we support the President in foreign crisis,” the former President said, “we do not have to support him when he speaks or acts as head of a political party, and indeed we do not.” General Eisenhower also said that “we are free to ask and to learn how we arrived at our present state, even in foreign affairs.” And when the present crisis has passed into history, he asserted, “it will be entirely proper then to examine and analyze and criticize decisions and actions taken.”

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